The setting for this movie is worth the price of admission – a beautiful southern plantation home. Scenes shot through the trees are spectacular.

Towards the end of the Civil War an injured Union soldier asks for help from the mistress of a boarding school for young women. Although everyone is fearful of Unionist, they agree to take him in until his injuries are healed. At first his presence is thrilling for everyone in the house but when he is re-injured during a midnight assignation the house becomes a scary place ending in a murder.

 

 

Since tonight is movie night I had better let you know what we saw last week.

Lady MacBeth is based on an adaptation of a Russian novel, and bears no resemblance to Shakespeare’s Lady MacBeth. Although it is buried deep in the story, the young woman in question has been sold into marriage. Her life in rural England is lonely and her husband and his father are downright mean. But does that excuse the behaviour of the heroine?

Certainly not an uplifting story, but an interesting one.

 

 

 

 

 

What would prompt make anyone to make a sub-titled documentary about street cats in Istanbul?

Apparently someone had a reason, and someone thought it would be a good pick for our Cinematheque series. Neither Pat nor I thought so!

 

 

This was the first movie of the 2017-2018 Cinematheque series. I was just less than a week out of the hospital so I wasn’t certain how well I would last through a movie. We sat in the very front row (so I could stretch my legs) and I had a pillow for my back. No snacks for me but maybe eventually I can work up to some plain popcorn.

I loved the movie – right up until the end. The dialogue between Beatriz (Salma Heyek) and Doug (John Lithgow) was superb and really got to the centre of their two positions on development. There are lots of other familiar faces in the cast as well, including Connie Britton from the TV show Nashville. The ending was odd, but don’t let that put you off seeing the movie.

 

 

It’s been awhile since we saw a comedy; the theatre owner warned us we wouldn’t want to miss this one.

The film is based on a true story about a Pakistan-born comedian, Kumail Nanjiani, who falls in love with a young white woman, Emily. During their relationship Kumail’s family continue to introduce him to appropriate Pakistani women so that a suitable marriage can be arrange. When Emily finds out Kumail has never mentioned her to his family she breaks up with him. Later, when Emily becomes critically ill, the relationship between Emily’s parents and Kumail provide most of the comedy.

Holly Hunter, as Emily’s mother, was perfect.